The same elements that made the Thomas fire such a monster also created deadly debris flows

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latimes.com—Santa Barbara County crews worked through the holidays to defend coastal communities from the second half of Southern California's familiar cycle of fire and flood. They cleaned out the 11 debris basins that dot the Santa Barbara front country, making room for the dirt and ash and rocks that winter...

How the harrowing Thomas Fire planted the seed for California’s deadly mudslides. It's one of nature's more tragic paradoxes; a terrible wildfire season often leads to terrible mudslides. But it's probably not for the reason you suspect.